Mel Kiper breaks down Ravens' needs

April, 23, 2014
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ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. broke down the top four needs for every team, and there are no major surprises with the Baltimore Ravens. It's an Insider article, but I can tell you that Kiper lists free safety, tight end, right tackle and wide receiver as the most pressing areas for the Ravens.

Free safety and right tackle are the obvious ones. The Ravens didn't make a major move in free agency to replace safety James Ihedigbo and right tackle Michael Oher. If the season started today, the Ravens would go with Darian Stewart at safety and Rick Wagner at right tackle.

The other two needs are debatable. Many would agree with Kiper that the Ravens need to improve their depth at tight end and wide receiver. But there are just as many voids and question marks at cornerback and running back.

The Ravens couldn't match Corey Graham's four-year, $16 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, which leaves Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson battling for the No. 3 cornerback spot. With the amount of nickel defense the Ravens play, the third cornerback is like the 12th starter.

At running back, Ray Rice could miss a stretch of the 2014 season because of his legal trouble and backup Bernard Pierce struggles to stay healthy. There's a chance that a running back drafted by the Ravens in May could play significant snaps for the Ravens in the fall.

Kiper also posted his top 100 draft prospects . Of the players frequently linked to the Ravens, the highest-ranked ones are: Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (No. 5), Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (No. 6), North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (No. 8), Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (No. 9) and Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin (No. 10).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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